Deployment to Hazelwood Mine
Category : Brigade News
On Friday 21 several firefighters from Hastings Fire Brigade were deployed to the fire at Hazelwood mine to work during the night.
Firefighters met at Moorooduc fire station for transport and left at 5pm, arriving at Hazelwood around 7pm for dinner before being deployed into the mine itself. Truck mounted monitors were used on the walls of the mine to extinguish the fires, with on board water only lasting for a few minutes before the trucks were required to fill up again. Several tanks of water were used before firefighters were requested to return to the staging area for health checks.
Once the checks had been completed and with everyone having passed them, they were redeployed to the top of the mine to prepare for a wind change, in order to protect the mine infrastructure in case it ignited spot fires.
A second health check was later conducted, and with everyone again passing they returned to the mine to use hose lines to black out areas alongside the road. The burning coal was extremely hot, requiring more time and water to be cooled than regular fires.
As the clock reached 7am the crews returned to the staging areas for another health check, breakfast and a quiet bus ride home. Once they had returned to Hastings, several participated in the Western Port Festival parade, before returning to their homes for some well-earned rest.